Nowhere is a good grip on your phone as important as in the car, where you're relying on your Google Pixel 3 to navigate you through chaotic construction zones and rush-hour traffic, often at high speeds. Of course, you can't hold your phone while you drive, so you need a car mount you can trust to keep it from flying loose through potholes and rough roads. There are hundreds upon hundreds of car mounts out there to choose from, but here are our favorites!
Let the Qi flow
iOttie's car mounts are the most well-known and well-trusted around; just press your phone back into the button to deploy the spring-loaded clamps and your Pixel 3 will start wirelessly charging! iOttie even includes a dedicated car charger to plug into your car's cigarette lighter, with an extra USB port for charging a secondary device.
Equal parts magic and mechanical marvel, Bolt uses a touch-sensitive panel at the top of the mount opens its motorized clamps, and an IR sensor closes them once your phone's in place. It comes with a USB-C cable and two-port QC 3.0 car charger to plug the mount into. Just remember to turn it off before you leave the car.
Easy as 1, 2, 3, 4
This handy little cradle is the best mount iOttie's ever made, which is saying something as we've been loving iOttie's mounts for years. Spring-loaded grips keep your phone secure, and it can be positioned at just about any angle you'd ever want thanks to its telescoping, rotating mounting arm.
Upgrade your CD player
Koomus takes advantage of that CD player you haven't used in years, mounting your phone — damage-free — in an easily visible location. A slide-out clamp holds your phone in place easily in either landscape or portrait mode.
Magnetic car mounts are some of the most compact, affordable, and long-lasting on the market today, which is why I love them. The magnetic plates used here do interfere with wireless charging, but if you prefer to plug in, Spigen's Kuel A201 mount is great for frequent rental car drivers and those who swap vehicles frequently.
A pop of color
This magnetic mount brings a pleasant bit of color to your dashboard when its not in use, and the pivoting head allows you to reangle the mount in order to tilt your phone better when using it for Google Maps directions. If blue isn't your color, it also comes in Silver and Black.
Do you feel the magnetic pull?
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Car mounts are one of the safest ways to set your phone up while you're driving. Whether you want to use it for driving directions or for streaming music, it's helpful to have your phone in a setup. You don't want to be holding your phone. It'll distract you from driving!
I've always been partial to magnetic mounts like the Spigen Kuel A201 — especially when paired with the Spigen Style Ring POP's magnetic plate/grip/kickstand trifecta. It's heaven and I can't get enough of it!
On the other hand, considering Google finally answered our prayers for Qi charging, I'd go with the Bolt Smart Automatic Car Mount. The sensor-activated motorized clamps are cool, plus it has the added bonus of topping off your Pixel 3 every time you hit the road without having to hassle with plugging and unplugging a cable, or wearing out your USB-C port.
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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.